The Skydiving Championships in pictures

November, 1, 2012
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SkydiveNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationMore than 600 skydivers are competing this week in the national championships in Arizona.
As we reported over in our Fandom post, the U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships are taking place this week in Arizona.

The words are good, but the pictures ... well, we've got a novella's worth of high-flying action shots in this post. See below for a taste of what competitive skydiving is all about.

SkydiveNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationA competitor exits the aircraft during the accuracy landing event.
Skydiving ChampionshipsNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationVertical formation skydiving team Arizona Arsenal exits for a competition jump.
Skydiving ChampionshipsNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationMultiple national champion Arizona Airspeed flies to another gold in four-way formation skydiving.
SkydivingNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationSDC Standard assembles for a gold in the vertical formation skydiving event.
Skydiving ChampionshipsNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationArizona Airspeed is part of the U.S. Parachute Team that will take part in the world championships in Dubai later this month.
U.S. Parachute AssociationNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationA competitor strikes a pose as he flies out of the aircraft during the accuracy landing event.
SkydiveBill Schmitz via U.S. Parachute AssociationSDC Standard also won gold at last year's championships for vertical formation skydiving.
SkydivingNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationSTF Friends of Warren, the 2011 gold-medal winners, hang upside down as part of their vertical formation.
SkydivingNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationTiffany Lamb and Travis Mills of the Dragons freestyle high above.
SkydivingNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationSkydiving team Arizona Arsenal starts to organize in the vertical formation event.
SkydivingLaszlo Andacs via U.S. Parachute AssociationDeguello 17 creates 16-way shapes in the largest formation skydiving discipline.
SkydivingBill Schmitz via U.S. Parachute AssociationArizona Airspeed was tops in four-way formation skydiving in the 2011 championships.
SkydivingCraig Amrine via U.S. Parachute AssociationAngela Hsu of STF Dizzy Dizzy OMG completes a freestyle routine.
U.S. Parachute AssociationNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationJim Hayhurst, USPA's director of competition and reigning U.S. champ for men's overall style and accuracy, attempts to land on the dot.
SkydivingNiklas Daniel via U.S. Parachute AssociationA competitor touches down on the 2-centimeter target during the accuracy landing event.


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